Saltwater Fishing in Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand

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There are seafood restaurants on virtually every street corner of the Grand Strand, but there’s no place to get it fresher than straight from the source – the Atlantic Ocean and the adjoining rivers and inlets.

Visitors to Myrtle Beach and the surrounding seaside cities of the Strand offer numerous opportunities to wet the line and land the big one. Whether you want to go deep-sea fishing far out in the Atlantic, offshore fishing just off the coast, or the more affordable option of fishing from a pier, the beach or inlets, anglers have a great chance of catching keepers and cooking their own seafood feasts.

Here are some of your top options for fishing on the Grand Strand:

• Deep-sea fishing: The farther out to sea you go the more likely you are to catch the big ones. About 90 miles off the Carolina coast is a shelf where the Gulf Stream runs and brings with it various species of fish, including snapper, grouper, sea bass and more.  Such all-day excursions require a boat, of course, and there are numerous charter services located up and down the Strand. Little River Fleet on the North Strand, Capt. Dick’s on the South Strand are among the more established and successful outfits.

• Offshore: Several outfitters also offer shorter fishing trips into the shallow waters just off the coast. These charters tend to catch smaller species of fish compared to the big ones in the deep, such as sea bass, spots, and flounder, but they also tend to go after sport fish, like king mackerel, when they are running. Experienced captains can rent a boat and take their own trips into local waters but an experienced guide can help you find where they are biting.

• Onshore: Who needs a boat when you can hit a fishing pier or beach? Fishing piers run just past the breakers but can make a world of difference over trying to cast from the beach or the inlets. Plus, piers have all the gear, bait, license, etc., you need to get started. On the North Strand, Cherry Grove Fishing Pier and Apache Pier are proven hot spots, as are Second Avenue Pier, Springmaid Pier and Myrtle Beach State Park Pier in Myrtle Beach. Surfside Beach Pier, Murrells Inlet and the jetty at Huntington Beach State Park are among the other local honey holes.

(posted 6/24/14)